Colorado has been lucky to have rock ‘n’ roll names such as
Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident and Big Head
Todd put the West on the music map, but rarely has Colorado been
glorified for its hip-hop.
Hailing from Colorado Springs, Black Pegasus has set out to
change that. Black Pegasus and an entourage of great local talent
graced the Aggie Theatre Friday for an evening of underground
greatness. Black Pegasus spoke about his views, experiences and
future endeavors as an up-and-coming artist from Colorado.
The Collegian: What is your outlook on the current flow and
state of the art of hip-hop?
Black Pegasus: It’s always crazy, so I can’t really say where
it’s going to go, but on the commercial level there’s a lot more
underground hip-hop that’s been in the mainstream like Jay-Z and
Nas and Eminem being really big, but when it accelerates it becomes
pop music and it will always be like that. The underground scene is
big, people come out and support shows, we’re all selling records.
It’s really good right now, but everything could always be a little
bit better. I’d love to get on the radio, but it’s all good. I have
a pretty positive outlook on it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot
of stuff I see that I don’t agree with; you see a lot of music
being recycled. It’s not the greatest state of hip-hop, but that’s
just how it is. I’m not bitter. I’ll just keep doing my thing.
What is the beauty, the coolest thing about being part of an
underground music community?
BP: With the underground and being independent, the main thing
is just having the freedom to do what you want and having freedom
with your music. With every good, there is a bad, though. When
you’re an underground artist, it’s really hard to get your music to
the masses, and anyone that makes music would like to get their
music to the masses in the long run. It’s kind of a war with
yourself because you try to stay on point artistically, but you
also want to grow with the years because without change, you’re not
going to accelerate. Groups like Dilated Peoples, Outkast and Black
Eyed Peas have all come from the underground and some people are
really critical about that kind of drastic change, but, you know,
they are all very innovative and just learned how to make music for
the masses and they’ve all done something a lot different.
What is your lyrical inspiration?
BP: When I was younger, like 14, I listened to a lot of Biggie,
Method Man and Wu Tang. N.W.A. and Ice Cube were my hardcore West
Coast influence. Now I just build with my peers and keep a
competitive edge. I listen to a lot of new stuff, but I want to
come out of left field and be original. New to the game is Master
Ace, and his new album is incredible, but I try not to be the same
old underground sound. I want to be Black Pegasus from Colorado and
that’s how I’m going to come out.
Are any global issues affecting or influencing what you write
BP: On my last record, “My Album Ain’t Done Yet,” I touched on
some politics and racial profiling, but I’m not really a
politically charged guy, but I realize how it affects our lives and
my life. I emphasize ideas of revolution, but with the war,
everybody knows or should know what’s going on and I’d rather
create music to ease the minds and identify with them. The Accumen
and I have done rallies and concerts promoting awareness and that’s
where we voice our opinions, but not always in our music. It’s just
that, so much of what I see in music is politically charged, like
the new Green Day album is totally political and that’s good, but
there has to be a balance.
What are your future goals as an artist?
BP: Well, I have a new album dropping this fall and it’s going
to get national distribution so that’ll take us to a new level. My
main focus is trying to get the state of Colorado behind us. We’ve
broken through to Fort Collins, Boulder and Colorado Springs but
what we want is to get Denver and all of Colorado to support Brass
Knuckle Entertainment as a unit and help build our budget to get us
to a national level. I could move to L.A. or New York or Atlanta,
but that’s not what I want to do; I want to build it in Colorado.
“Knuckle Up,” my new album, is going to be a stronger organized
Best concert experience ever?
BP: You know who has the best show that I had the greatest time
at, was Method Man and Redman. They’re ridiculous live! They got
their underground, classic songs, their new commercial club songs.
They got girls on stage and they’re so funny.
Future and upcoming shows?
BP: Lloyd Banks at the Boulder Theater on Sept. 27, which will
be one of the bigger shows. We’re doing a couple shows with Mobb
Deep, it’s been real cool.
Check out Black Pegasus at the Boulder Theater on Sept. 27.